REVIEW | The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah


What's it about?

You will most definitely need a box of tissues close by when you read this heart breaking tale of two sister's set in the depths of France, World War II. The story is told of two very different sisters - Vianne is content living in the French countryside with her husband and young daughter and Isabelle is fearless, thriving on adventure, living in the heart of France in Paris.

As the War unfolds, both are tested, faced with challenging decisions and frightening situations. They act in ways in which they never thought possible, acting with bravery, love, resistance and the need and want to survive. The resounding question the narrative asks 'When would I, as a wife and mother, risk my life…and most important, my child’s life…to save a stranger?’ slices right to my core after reading this heart wrenching tale.

My opinion:

I loved that the tale told the story of the women of World War II; the heroins left behind by their men that went to fight on the front line. Although there were aspects of a love story within the novel, this was not the focus. The focus was on the strength, courage and bravery of these two women that put their lives at risk to save others. The way in which their story was told was gripping and exciting but also heart breaking and emotional, a real turbulence of emotions.

The tale has left a lasting impression on me as I have a younger sister myself and I questioned how we would both take effect if such tragedy ever struck. Despite the characters differences, much like myself and my sister, Hannah portrays their unconditional love for one another perfectly. It evoked powerful emotions for me from start to end. By the end of the book I was sobbing my eyes out, it was such a vivid story and at points I felt as though I were there along side the characters, smelling the baked breads and smokey ash filled air.

Praise for The Nightingale

"Beautifully written... packed with action and emotion."
- Sara Green, bestselling author of Water for Elephants

“I loved Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale. She has captured a particular slice of French life during World War II with wonderful details and drama. But what I loved most was the relationship between two sisters and Hannah’s exploration of what we do in moments of great challenge.” 
Lisa See, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
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I would love to know your thoughts on this book when you read it/if you have already so please do let me know. If you have enjoyed reading it and would like to read something similar then I recommend Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See which I have also written a review about here.

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